Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat who recently stalled President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda, is currently under fire by Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnel. Stating, “it would be a great idea if he switched parties.”
Mitch McConnel said Friday during a Thursday news conference that “it would be a great idea” for Senator Joe Manchin to switch parties.
Manchin is a longtime Democrat who has previously shut down rumors about leaving his party. Telling Vox in an interview, “I’ve never considered it from that standpoint.”
Manchin is currently considered a ‘holdout’ on Biden’s massive social and climate spending bill. Along with facing continual pressure from the left-wing of his party to reform the filibuster.
In an interview published Tuesday, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has never thought about trading in his Democratic Party affiliation for the GOP; he told Vox.
“I’ve never considered it from that standpoint because I know I can change more from where I’m at,” said the moderate Democrat, who regularly pushes for bipartisan dealmaking.
The comments and questions towards Sen. Manchin’s political party come from his opposition to the left-wing proposals towards applying pressure on Biden’s Build Back Better plan, opposing the federal minimum wage being raised to $15 and reforming the filibuster. He has also advocated for Democrats to reach across the aisle to fulfill their agenda.
He told Vox, “I’m sorry if you don’t like it, it’s who I am.”
Minority Leader Mitch McConnel, during a Thursday news conference, stated, “It would not surprise you to know that I’ve suggested for years it would be a great idea, representing a deep red state like West Virginia, for him to come over to our side. I don’t think that’s going to happen, but he’d be the best one to answer that question,” the Kentucky Republican added.